December 2004 News

Britain formally announces opening of its honorary consul office in Mirpur

4 December 2004
News Network International

Mirpur: Britain has formally announced the induction of eminent industrialist Chaudhry Muhammad Saeed as the Honorary Consul of the United Kingdom in Mirpur Azad Kashmir, says a press release issued here Saturday from the Honorary Consul Office.   Announcing the appointment of Ch. Muhammad Saeed as the Honorary Consul to Mirpur, the British Foreign Secretary Jach Straw said in London yesterday ' I am delighted to be able to announce the appointment of Mr. Chaudhry Mohammad Saeed as our first ever Honorary Consul at Mirpur.   The creation of this new post reflects the close ties between the people of Mirpur and the UK. Of the 800,000 (eight Lakh) British nationals of Pakistani origin, over half a million have links to the Mirpur region.   Many of these people visit friends and relations in Mirpur and Mr. Saeed's appointment will enable us to enhance our consular services in the region for those who need them,' Straw added.   'Chaudhry Mohammad Saeed, 44, is a local businessman with strong links to the UK. He has been a leading members of the business community for the last 20 years. He is the Chief Executive of Azad group of companies and a former president of Azad Jammu Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mirpur. He is also a past Vice President-Zonal Chairman and presently Director for Pakistan-UK and Ireland Business Council of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry', The communique issued by the British Foreign Secretary.   'Mr. Saeed's role will be to provide a range of consular services to British nationals in the Mirpur region and will also have responsibility for the levying of consular fee and executing notarial acts in the region', the press release said.  


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